Attorney tops incumbent Judge Searer

LEWISTOWN – Twenty-year veteran President Judge Timothy S. Searer lost his bid for re-election as Judge of the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday.

Searer, a registered Republican who won the Democratic nomination in the May Primary, secured 3,931 votes, while the Republican nominee, Assistant District Attorney Dave Barron secured 4,609 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Barron maintained his lead over Searer throughout Tuesday night as the 30 precincts came in with a 35 percent voter turnout.

Barron will be the only full-time judge for Mifflin County for at least the next two years, when there may be a special election to replace the recently retired Judge Rick Williams, who will continue to serve the county on a temporary basis as a returning senior judge.

Barron has been an assistant district attorney for almost two years, he has more than 20 years of legal experience he brings with him to the bench.

“I thank the voters of Mifflin County for putting their faith and confidence in my ability to serve in this vital role in our judicial system. I will work my hardest to live up to the honor you have given me,” Barron said.

Barron said he would like to thank Searer for his many years of dedicated service and for conducting a spirited campaign.

“I wish him well in the years to come and thank him again for his service,” he added.

Barron also thanked those who helped with the campaign and his family for standing by him.

Searer thanked those who took the opportunity to come out and vote and the poll workers.

Searer said he was proud of the campaign he ran.

Barron will be sworn in as judge in January.